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Powell Media Release – Master teachers for Glass House schools ( 4 November 2014)

Children at four local schools will learn from one of 300 highly skilled and experienced teachers from 2015 as part of the Queensland Government’s Master Teachers initiative.

The $135 million initiative will see 300 master teachers deployed to state schools across Queensland, in order to enhance teaching practice and lift student performance.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said this was all part of the Can-Do LNP Government’s plan to achieve better student outcomes by improving frontline services.

“I’m thrilled that Chevallum State School, Delaney’s Creek State School, Elimbah State School and Palmwoods State School have been selected and I have no doubt that local families would benefit immensely,” Mr Powell said.

“From next year, master teachers will work in these schools for a period of three years, helping them to embed literacy and numeracy learning across the curriculum, provide coaching and guidance for teachers in the classroom and align teacher professional development with student needs.

“Students in Glass House are already experiencing improved outcomes thanks to the almost $1.3 million from the Great Results Guarantee initiative”, Mr Powell added.

“Our schools are also safer and more welcoming for students thanks to the $300 million in maintenance funding delivered by the Newman Government.

“State schooling in Queensland has gone from strength to strength under the Can-Do LNP Government and we are determined to keep working hard to see that continue for many years to come.

Chevallum P&C President Mr Ben Calder said, “As a school community that fosters a collaborative, collegial teaching model that highly values continuous professional development we welcome the proposed Master Teachers for Qld Classrooms program that will provide an opportunity for valuable experience and knowledge to be shared amongst teaching professionals”.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the recruitment drive for 300 master teachers was part of the Queensland Government’s $535 million Great teachers = Great results action plan.

“Two thirds of master teachers will be posted in primary schools, where they will have the important task of building strong literacy and numeracy foundations to help to boost student performance in the later years,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Primary schools selected to host a master teacher will also receive a resource package of up to $75,000 over the next three years to support early literacy and numeracy learning.”

Applicants must hold full registration or current provisional registration with eligibility for full registration, as a teacher in Queensland.

Applications can be made through the Smart Jobs website until 10 November 2014.

[ENDS] 4 November 2014

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